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Tips for exercising?

Since I'm entering a new school for the 2010-2011 school year, ( which means 3 schools will combine into one) I thought I might lose weight. Me, a bit tubby at 92.5 pounds, (As of August 17, 2010) So I decided to run. Everyday, I do half a mile running, and half a mile walking. I started 3 days ago, and I've already seen improvement. I was 93.5 lbs after 1 run. After a bit of cool down, I do sit ups. I've got my MP3 player going (The Rocky Theme-ULTIMATE MOTIVATOR) as I run. Any tips? I don't do sports, and I try not to eat after 8:00. I've got running shoes and a appropriate outfit. I'd like to see what everybody can say to me. -NYPA

Topic by NYPA  


rifle exercises

Does anyone know of some good exercises for helping hold rifle steady? by exercises I mean which muscles to work on and how, as well as some shooting exercises. But, because I am 14 and live in Australia, I only have access to a gun at the range, which I go to twice a month, so obviously I can't do shooting exercises at home. thanks, THE MAD MAN

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Old Engineering Exercise

Hello all! I was just looking through various Maker projects, here and elsewhere, and was reminded of a collage engineering exercise I was told about growing up.  Apparently, they don't do it any more.  My education is only up to an Associates Degree in Drafting and Design, and I never got this at that level. This exercise (near as I can remember) consisted of a student being given a piece of aluminum (I think) and a set of files, a caliper, and a few other small tools.  The student then had to turn the piece of aluminum into as near a perfect cube as they could, using only those tools. Has anyone out there heard of this exercise before?  Maybe done it themselfs? Namely wanted to through this out there, see what people thought.

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Exercise bike racing.

Iv recently purchased a mirafit pro exercise bike,it has a cadencse sensor (2 wire connecter)linked to a ok ish computer kph distance calories,i was wondering if theres a way of making it more enjoyable linking the bike to a computer video game or something along those lines,iv had a look on the net for ideas but cannot manage to string components to a game/software without spending a lot of money.

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Exercise bike racing.

Iv recently purchased a mirafit pro exercise bike,it has a cadencse sensor (2 wire connecter)linked to a ok ish computer kph distance calories,i was wondering if theres a way of making it more enjoyable linking the bike to a computer video game or something along those lines,iv had a look on the net for ideas but cannot manage to string components to a game/software without spending a lot of money can you help please. Simon.

Topic by simon mason  


Exercise bike into a battery generator ?

Hi I was wondering if anyone had any plans on turning an exercise bike into a generator to power batteries, or something along those lines. Any ideas or plans would be helpful. I wanted to make a mini power plant in my garage while working out. Thought it would be cool to power some lights or something. Thank you for your time!

Question by lshoop91    |  last reply


WANTED: Exercise equipment manufacturer

I am looking to manufacture a new piece of exercise equipment. A professional prototype is needed.

Topic by Vin723    |  last reply


Large size exercise ball

I have a large exercise ball that has a 2" gash in it compliments of the cat. i'm a nice shade of green and re-purpose/reuse  everything i can.  I have thought of a planter,a tiny 'pool' in the garden for critters and a beach bag. I would love to get a few mre ideas to what i can do with it.....anything but throw it away. it never really goes away anyway. Bring on the suggestions! :)

Question by diymentality    |  last reply


What exercises best build muscle? Answered

Exercise techniques

Question by lobo_pal    |  last reply


Bicycle powered rock tumbler/exerciser

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a bicycle powered rock tumbler. Get exercise while watching videos and light tumbling of jewelry or softer stones.

Topic by gemtree    |  last reply


How often do you exercise? And what do you do? If not, what's holding you back?

I'm just curious. I guess I'm always curious about other peoples' health habits... you know, being in public health and all. So do you exercise? How long, how often? What do you consider exercise? And if you don't exercise, why not? Right now I'm doing yoga once a week for two hours, and cardio for at least 30 minutes every day, along with weights every now and then. I do them randomly. I probably should be more calculated about that. I guess you guys can considered this extracurricular activities on my part if it makes you feel better about all the questions. :P (Also - work it, Richard!)

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I want to become physically fit, but i dont know where to start from?

Can any one help me out with exercises and diets to become lean, i want a six pack and look better, i am 6'2 tall 170lbs, please help

Question by borges0105    |  last reply



Make an exercise bike out of a regular bike

I remember seeing some kind of attachment that you could use to transform your bicycle into a stationery bike for exercise, but that was a long time ago and I can't find it.  Can someone come up with a gadget to do that.  I don't need the attachment which tells you how many miles or how fast you're peddling.  I would just like to watch TV or read while exercising and I can't walk for any length of time without my back hurting so I also can't go anywhere on the bike.

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Where to find good training exercises for programming ? Answered

Has anyone any pointers to good basic ideas for beginning programmers to play with ? Jonnybo111 is teaching himself Javascript and Pascal.  I need to find some basic stuff he can do as exercises. Steve

Question by steveastrouk    |  last reply


Patent Files: Method of exercising a cat (5,443,036)

PatentA method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.Discuss!

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What can I do with some exercise tubing? Answered

What can I do with some exercise tubing?It is about 7 feet long.

Question by bylerfamily    |  last reply


How can I make an exercise/yoga matt out of household objects?

I like to exercise but ohhhh does the scratchy carpet and hard floor hurt!!! And I really don't want to spend the crazy amount of money they charge for something so simple. Can anyone give my ideas of what i could use to put together an exercise mat with just some junk lying around the house? (it doesn't have to be pretty lol)

Topic by Doldrum    |  last reply


how to make a pilates machine from a rower , exercise bands and a stair stepper?

Please tell me how to make a pilates machine from the above parts. It seems athat they are all part of a pilates machine and I have them and hate to use them by themselves but would love to try pilates. I know someone will come up with a good solution and the know how

Question by cwills    |  last reply


Has anyone tried: FitBrains ?

We provide brain exercise that is fun, engaging and personalized. Fit Brains has created a unique brain fitness experience that makes it easy for people to incorporate brain work-outs into their daily lives. With Fit Brains' games, it's healthy to be addicted!FitBrains Link

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Exercycle Generator

63% of Americans are struggling with obesity (http://www.americansportsdata.com/obesitystats.asp). There is also a large green movement going on. So what if we combine these two ideas? I have been looking at instructables on how to build your own wind turbine, and instructables on how to use your bike as a generator for charging ipods and cellphones... why not combine the two ideas and create a stationary bike that puts electricity back into the power grid, much the way a home turbine does? Granted... it wouldn't be much power, but the more you exercise, the more money you save--and the better shape you get in. And those pennies each month add up to dollars each year... and again... the health benefits. It's almost like getting paid to exercise, which can be a big motivating factor. Thoughts?

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How do I motivate myself to work out? Alternate Title: How do I get a six-pack? ?

I've been trying for around 3 months now to start a solid exercise regimen, but so far my efforts have been fruitless. I'm a junior in high school who runs cross-country and track, but I have decided not to do track this year. I can run a 21 minute 5k, so stamina isn't really an issue. But to be frank, I would really like to build some muscular definition. I have all the necessary equipment, (treadmill, weight machine) but I'm unable to start and maintain a consistent schedule. At most I may exercise for a week or two at a time, and then relax for a week. My main issue is a lack of results, which leads to a lack of motivation. TLDR; I WANT SEXY BOD NAO PLZZZZZ!!!1!

Question by meanbean  


How to modify under-desk elliptical machine to charge portable power bank

Hi everyone, first post here!I have a Cubii under-desk elliptical machine which I use regularly at my desk job. I am thinking of modifying the machine so that it can charge an AC portable power bank (input 16.8V, 2.0A). Are there any projects or sources I can look at to see how this can be done? Thanks in advance!

Question by sky888    |  last reply


How do I build a cat wheel exerciser?

I would love to build (or have someone build for me) an attractive, inexpensive wheel that I can train my cat to run on (or rather inside). The ones I find online are either very expensive or do not provide the plans or ability to purchase. My indoor cat is in dire need of exercise. I take him out on a leash but I love the idea of putting him in a wheel that can provide a way for him to hopefully run. All suggestions, comments are appreciated. Thanks, Danny

Question by danny12592    |  last reply


Cat Exercise Wheel...Looking for instructions on how to build it.

If anyone can show me an easy inexpensive way to build a cool cat exercise wheel I would be eternally grateful. I see some really cool examples on youtube but no one gives instructions. thanks again, danny

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How to exercise after contiuous keyboard and mouse usage?

I am feeling a contiuous stress in the wrist area of my left hand. and also some numbness there in the last two fingers, which i think is due to continued keyboard and mouse use. Can anyone suggest some good exercises? and also if someone has good experience of using any ergonomicaly designed keyboards and mouse. Please recommend me one. Thanks

Question by muhammajunaid    |  last reply


Would someone pls let me know if they can help me troubleshoot/repair a Fitness SD 520R recumbent exercise bike issue?

Hello Friend,  we've picked up the above bike for my wife recently and seemed to be working properly until the other day.  Seems that the tension/resistance function is not functioning now.  Have scoped out the web and there is little to no intel on this bike nor the manufacturer. Made in China, go figure.  I'm thinking something is up with the belt but there is no sound of duress and there seems to be some tension but @ the lowest possible level.  I am not extremely handy but I am willing to give it a shot. thanks for your time, Roland

Question by open vessel    |  last reply


How to make a block Xkg heavy vibrate?

Any else see that new "magic" excercise machine?http://www.realtechnews.com/posts/3286I was thinking about a diy version and it would be pretty easy, I'm just not sure about how to get the fast vibrations needed.Any ideas?

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Should I post this?

I'm about to undergo a diet (well, somewhat) and exercise regimen to get rid of all this excess fat I've gained over the last 4 years. I'm pushing 198, and I really don't want to break 200 at 14 years old, even though I am 6' 1". I've got a 40" waist, so my gut is big. I'm slimming down mostly because my dad is big and is at risk for becoming diabetic, and I don't want to follow him down that road. Oh, and looking good helps too. If I get my fat % down far enough, I might give one of those "six pack abs" iBles. The regimen was created by me, just from things I've read on the Interblag and been taught in Health class. Sure, I know there's Kiteman's Law, but I really don't know, or think, that my way of going about things would help somebody else, and if it did, do y'all think Instructables is the right place for it? That said, perhaps a forum topic would be best, or a slideshow? I could set it up like Rachel did with her polyphasic sleep experiment, updating it whenever possible. I just want to know what y'all think, really. Anyhoo, thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


DIY Pilates Machine (sort of)

Hi,I was just wondering if anyone could offer me some advice or pointers, it would be very much appreciated.I love doing pilates. I used to so it a lot when I was a student but now I travel a lot and the machine (this sort of thing https://youtu.be/m-CtD9Km1aM )is just too bulky to set up and put away.So I’ve been looking at alternatives, either something smaller and more portable or an alternative that would do the same thing. I found this https://youtu.be/CjFY1NjhJrg but unfortunately it isn’t sold in the UK. Shipping a heavy item, paying the customs charge and then if anything breaks I won’t be able to get it repaired. So I am now trying to build something myself. I was thinking something along the lines of a skateboard or hoverboard with resistance bands clipped on. I was just wondering if anyone has any thoughts, suggestions or alternatives as I’d really love to hear them.Thank you.

Topic by Reddkryten  


how to make magnetic and fluid resistance based exercise cycle?

Make a stationary exercise cycle with fine control on resistance to rotation

Question by anil.gadgil    |  last reply


How to create motor or generator resistance system for exercise machine?

Researching a method to use resistance from a motor or generator for an exercise machine.  There is an axle from which both foot and arm levers extend, so there is rotation, but only about a half turn in each direction, so very low speed, and back and forth.  I have used magnets and eddy current and flywheel from exercise bikes, geared up with a belt.  This works ok, but does not provide enough resitance even when magnets are adjusted very close to flywheel (due to low speed of rotation). I hope to find something already built and available for a similar application, but can locate parts and build it if I understand how.  Resistance must be variable from low to very strong and controllable so user can adjust it.  I have DC motor, and shorting the cord greatly increases the drag, but how do I vary/control it?  Would adding resistance between the wires in the cord increase drag and make it harder to turn?  I have experimented with this and it does not seem to have an impact.  Thanks for your help.

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How to add magnets to magnetic resistance exercise bike to increase resistance?

Hi, and thanks for reading my question.      We have just bought an exercise bike, it uses the pedalling to power the magnetic resistance of the bike. Here is the problem: at the highest setting, the resistance is still not very much.  We think that maybe we can increase the resistance by putting a strong permanent magnet near the flywheel, (we would cut a hole in the plastic cover to put the magnet near the flywheel). Can someone explain how to figure out how strong a magnet would need to be? How much "pull" would probably have a significant effect? What type (neodymium?), and what shape would work best (disk, rod, etc...?). We are willing to put about $50 into a magnet.   If this doesn't work I think I will remove the cover and just use a "friction wheel" sitting on top of the flywheel. really ugly, but it should work. Thanks for any help you guys can give!

Question by Urrgghh004    |  last reply


What can I use to slide sat down on carpet

.I want to row with resistance bands on carpet. I rather not use carpet slides or glides

Topic by LAPIII    |  last reply


My arms wont/haven't buff up, and eating problems

               So I have been working out since 3rd week of December last year and maintained regular workouts and exercises weekly , I've done dozens of reps of push-ups, Pull-ups, barbell curls and other barbell exercise, some face pull, squats, Pumpings, curl-ups and couple of abdominal Muscle Exercise. I know im a bit too young for a 15 year old, but I've been skinny and thin since grade school, so i've decided to get on the muscular exercises.                                I started it last year's summer but i wasn't able to do it regularly and mostly busy on my studies and some school activities. I noticed my biceps, shoulder muscles, abdominal muscle (it seems the upper muscle is in pretty good shape, the ones below the ribs except the lower ones), my calf muscle, thighs seemed to improved but it seems they just getting harder or something like that but it is not growing bigger and I still look Skinny. I know good body shape take months and years of hard work but it just seems like nothing is happening to me.                 Also, I think i got a problem on my eating habit, I dont always feel full or satisfied, that when I eat Im still hungry but i can't take any more food. And I also noticed I mostly cant swallow my food even if it's grinned in my mouth, that I need to drink any beverages to swallow it, the problem when i drink to swallow my food is that i always feel full because of the water, but even if i eat without drinking much water, I still cant finish my food.               Im still skinny as hell

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Fat loss or weight loss?

I am a freshman in highschool and i am big and i will admit it but i want to lose weight for the baseball tryouts in the spring of 2014 please help me with routines but i want to keep pills out of this .

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Looking for help with a simple enough idea?

I say simple enough, but obviously not simple enough for me.  But for someone out there this is probably something you could do in your sleep.... Looking for a setup that has two buttons. When button 1 is pushed, button 2 must then be pushed to register a count of "1" on a display.  And then button 1 and 2 must be pushed again (in that order) to register a count of "2" - and so on.... It would be nice then if a target figure could be set to trigger an action when the target number is reached. The application is for exercise - for example burpees. Button 1 is on the ground and button 2 is above the head. Triggering both buttons gives a count of 1. And when a target such as 30 is reached an alarm or light can be activated to show completion of exercise. It is important that two pushes of either button in a row doesn't give a count of "1" - a count is only valid if the buttons are pushed in sequence. I'm guessing an Arduino board of some sort would be required, but its all new to me and I'm guessing its a simple enough programme if you have the know how. But I don't even know what board to purchase to get started. And while I'm purchasing the board I may as well know what else I'll need for the entire project and order all that at the  same time. So can anyone help?

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what are the best exercises to do if you have sever back pain?

Well yeah i hurt my back and its in sever pain all the time and im home schoold so i mostly sit around and iv noticed that im starting to get a bit of a spare tire if u know what i mean and i was wanting to know if there are exercises to lose the weight around my stomach with out stressing my back i cant do crunches cause there just to much for my back any sugestions

Question by Goomanhimer    |  last reply


Where can I get or repair a bc-82010 exercise monitor?

The monitor will only beep when buttons are pushed, display does not work and there is no change in resistance.

Question by EricNils    |  last reply


Looking for instructions for Exercise Bike Blender. We want to be able to make magaritas at our "off the grid" cottage!

Most instructables are for using a regular bike and we want to use a stationary exercise bike. Should also be somewhat portable.  Any ideas?

Question by schwartl    |  last reply


whats the most effective way to loose weight? Answered

Being a little overweight myself, and seeing all those commercials, I was wondering what the most effective way to loose weight could be? Commercial products, eating healthy, or exercise, or all of the above?

Question by instructors    |  last reply


Health

I would like to know how can I build a WHOLE BODY VIBRATION Board or platform. The unit is basically a small board where you stand and do exercise on it. The vibrator element looks like a compressor and has a variable vibration patterns for different therapies. normally are used by athletes to improve the effectiveness of their workout. They are also prescribed for elderly people that suffers osteoporosis (it has proven to improve the bone density just by standing on it).

Topic by jogarcej  


How to clean hazy clear plastic iPod cover? Answered

Is there any way to remove the haze from this Belkin iPod arm band?  It is a clear, soft plastic.  I tried using a tiny bit of soap on a damp paper towel and that did nothing.

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Can someone start this idea for an electric company? Electricity would be free. Answered

My brother came up with this idea. An electric company that is powered by people working out on bikes and other stuff. I don't know if it's possible but think of the possibilities. People would supply their own electricity by working out and getting fit.  All the people working out would be volunteers and maybe they could get paid based on how much energy they produce. That would give people motivation to exercise. Instead of paying for a gym membership they would get paid to get fit and they would be helping the community.  For the community electricity might be free if not a whole lot cheaper. I don't know a lot about electricity but if this idea is possible someone should start it because it would do a lot of good in a lot of communities.

Question by knitwitcharm    |  last reply


Damaged disc(s) in the lower back - what to do and what not ;)

I got diagnosed with a damaged L5 and L6 disc in my lower back about 8 years ago and I thought writing about my experience might helps others facing the same problems. Keeping your back straight when lifting or moving heavy things was a thing I already learned and followed during my school times and as you might have guessed it helped to keep my back healthy - at the expense of my knees... But the knees are a different story, today I want to help you understand lower back problems caused by damaged or bulging discs and how this will affect your life. For me it began with a little shock. One day I got out of bed, wanted to grab something I dropped and got stuck half way up. Knowing that there are some nerves that can cause the same issue and that a simple injection will fix me I called a cab to be dragged laying down on the back seat to my GP. As you might have guessed his diagnosis was a bit worse than what I wanted to hear... Many painful hours and some scans later it was confirmed that my L5 and L6 disk have collapsed on one side and started to push on the nerves next to it. Funny side not that I never really checked was that my doc said not everyone has a L6 disk... Anyways, as with most first "accidents" involving your lower back the so called recovery was long and painful. Sure the painkillers help to numb the worst, the anti inflammatory stuff covers some pain too but actually I did not want the full pain free package deal. Pain is the bodies way to let you know something is wrong, so I kept the pain medication at a level where I got that information when making a wrong move... The first 6 months I was literally confined to my bed, the shower and the toilet. I tried to keep a position with the least amount of pain for as long as possible and for obvious reasons was not too happy that my body not only required food intake but also the disposal of the waste products - getting out of bed and onto the toilet meant experiencing huge amounts of pain every time. But after those 6 months I started to adjust, to the pain as well as what my limited body was now capable of in terms of movement. Needless to say that all this time of not doing anything really meant my scale started to scream tripple digets at me one day... Luckily around the same time my pain levels went to a level that allowed my to walk around 500-600 at slightly slower speeds than normal before the pain got too much. My doctor also got quite concerned about my blood work and body weight recommending to loose a lot if I every intent to get back to a more normal life. So I started to walk several times a day, no matter how bad the weather was, just a bit up and down the street. The distance got longer, the fitness a bit better and the pain levels a bit lower too. Using my old weight lifting belt to keep the back supported helped me a lot during these times, especially when driving or doing housework. During those times I was still on 6-8 panedine forte tablets (paracetamol and codein) plus 2-4 tablets of 20mg oxicontin and not happy about the last anyway. Despite the added levels of pain I started to reduce the level of oxicontin and started to exercise more. My focus was getting the core muscles stronger and to get better support for my back. Also started riding my bike again, although I had to replace it for a bigger model to allow me a more upright position with less stress on the lower back. The kilos started to tumble very slowly but I was already quite proud when I got bak to 90kg. :( Good thing was that I got motivation to continue as every kg I lost and every little bit more on distance I got out of my walks and rides without getting too painful also meant that my average pain level went down too. Two years after it all happened I got rid of the oxicontin completely and reached the 80kg mark. My doc was happy too, my blood work looking good but of course he still suggested to loose a few more kg. Being able to move around again also meant being able to work again and with that came more food, less exercise and a lot more stress. I did manage to hold my 80kg but after about 6 months or working I noticed my back problems started to limit me again. My back belt covered for me and I was able to keep going a while longer but in the end I got hit by another attack on my back. The diagnosis was not good at all as now on top of the pain goind through the back and leg I also hab numbness and a feeling like ants crawl over the leg and chew on it every few mm. As with most lower back "revenges" this one only needed strong pain killers for a few weeks until I was back to something more normal in terms of pain and movability. Sadly the ongoing side effects did not go away the way they did the first time. This meant especiall finding the right position to sleep with the least amount of pain was becoming a nightmare on it's own. Either you got pins and needles keeping you awake, you lost your feeling in the leg to the point where it becomes useless or the pain in the back is just stabbing you all the time. Starting some projects here on Instructables kept my mind busy and gave me some welcome distraction from the daily routine. Eventually I manged to find a job again that allowed me to have enough different movements with only a bit of lifting so things started get back to normal. My doc put me on some amitriptyline to help with the pain at night and although it took some time to get used to the stuff it really started to help after about two weeks. The job was only for a fixed term but it gave me back some confidence that not all is bad or lost. Life went on and I actually manged to get down to just 75kg and only used some painkillers once or twice a week if it was really bad. Then, a few weeks back I started to notice that the top of my foot and the outside of my leg felt different to touch, especially in the shower with some brush or rough sponge. Not being happy already I agreed to some new scans to check if the discs started to cause problems or if the nerves are just inflamed. You might have guessed already, the scan confirmed that my two discs desintegrated further putting more pressure on the already suffering nerves. With the "help" of some quite strong anti inflammatory stuff, cortisone and other meds my doc managed to get me back to "normal" but he also informed me that this won't last forever. The current outcome (without surgery but more on that later on) I have two choices to keep going: a ) I continue with pain killers and other meds to keep the problems at bay. b ) I limit myself to basically not doing anything involving the movemnt of my lower back, keep to a strict calory intake and hope for the best. The first option won't do me any good in the long run except liver, kidney and digestive problems. The second option will allow me some sort of a normal life at the expense of never finding a job to support me again. So once again we soldier on knowing that it will only make things worse as giving up and relying on social services is no option for me. Hoping that you might just had your first encounter with lower back injuries and pain I will give some advise on the things that helped my most so that you might not have to suffer as much I did and still do. So read on please... Diagnosed with a damaged or bulged disc in the lower back - what does it acutally mean? If you check all the available images of the human skelleton you will quickly notice one thing: Our lower back is not really straight and not designed to carry a lot weight when it is put on the wrong way or direction. Noone with a sane mind would use a support beam shaped like that but the human body adapted to this problem caused by changing from using all four limbs to walking on just two legs. The muscles and tendons in our back work in such a way that they support the fragile construction of discs and bones that keep us upright. Sadly modern life, personal decisions and only too often a busy work shedule prevent us from using our body the wa we should. Be it too much lifting, being far too short for your weight or simply laziness the factors causing our muscle to degrade are too many to count. But once you are in the worst pain you ever felt and your doc tells you that there are damaged discs you suddenly wish you had it all done differently years ago - trust me, I have been there and I have done it ;) Or it might be like in my case that a healthy and fit person just cracks one or more discs for no obvious reason. Either way it means you have to change your life to be able to keep going. Pain killers help to ignore the problem and pretend all is good but they should be used with great care as most are highly addictive and the long term side effects are no fun either. The one thing you must never forget is although being a life sentence it must not mean you will be crippled forever! What can I do once it happened to help the pain and my sanity? Nerve pain is one of the worst pains there is and there are only two more or less working medications to deal with it. The first meds are opiates to literally numb the pain but due to source of the pain very high levels are required until the body adapted to deal with the wrong pain information. The second group of meds that offer help and that are often used together with pain killers are old sty anti depressants like the try-cyclic (was that right?) amitriptyline. Back in the days they were not really good for the advertised job but one of the common side effects was how they worked on the pain centers of the brain. In much lower dosages as used to treat depressions these meds help the brain to deal with the pain caused by the damaged or pinched nerves. As a long term solution they should be prefered over opiates so that the strong pain killers are only taken when really needed. If you are anything like me than not getting enough sleep over weeks on end will take a toll on your mood. So being able to sleep at least a few hours in one go is a real thing to aim for unless you prefer to harm your body with pain killers. What is there to help with the pain so you can sleep? I know that you now already think you tried it all and that nothing good comes out of here but keep reading as you might be surprised... The first thing that jumps into mind when it comes to sleeping is a bed - be it you by yourself or with a partner. And here also is the first point to improve! In many countries a bed for two persons has one bad feature: A single mattress! Any movement from the person next to you is transfered more or less onto your body - you don't want that! So if you own a big bid that you share with someone think about investing into a bed with seperated matresses and support frames. That brings us to the mattress itself. A lot of people think being soft and flexible is a prefered thing, not so much if you have back problems. You want enough support to keep the back straight without everything feeling like you sleep on wooden floorboards. Keep in mind though that when changing from soft matress to something much firmer you will need to adjust. Really the best option is to seek professional advise in a bedding studio or similar. And no, you don't have to go to the most expensive place to buy a mattress, you just try them out, get expert advise and use that new knowledge to find a suitable mattress to fit the budget. With no offence meant: If you are over the normal weight you really want to loose the excess and that means selecting a new matrress on your weight goal and not on your current weight! It is also good to have adjustable supports under the mattress itself, this way you choose a thinner and bit softer mattress but still get the firmness your back requires - again seeking proffessional advise on the right combinations is highly recommended here! Ok, your bed is sorted but still there is that nagging pain in certain positions or the tingling in your leg preventing you to go to sleep. Believe it or not but what you do before you go to bed affects how you feel when you hit the sack. So sitting like a bag full of water in front of your TV until just manage to crawl into bed won't do you any good. Same for having your dinner and hour or two before bedtime... What does help is to move your body and to burn a few kalories! If it helps you use a weight lifting belt but just a walk around the block with a little bit of bending and flexing will get the tension out of muscles. A nice partner giving you a proper massage might help too but I doubt you will get one every night ;) And before you start to complain: Yes, I know there are times where simply can't do any exersise as you will be happy to make it to the toilet or to make some dinner. For those times and especially during times of experiencing higher than normal pain level ther is something you can do to ease the pain. Some doctors will tell you but a lot of them wont: Cold actually helps to numb the pain and the symptoms like tingling, pins and needles or the constant stabbing when you made a slightly wrong move. But you need to apply the cold in the right way to get the benefit! The key here is timing. Using real ice in a suitable wrapper, so no vegetables or meat, you apply the cold where the damage is - not where the pain is! You want to cool down the area around the damaged discs for about 5 to max 10 minutes. Put the icepack back and repeat every hour! Nothing will happen after the first two or three round but then you will notice improvement - how much depends on the individual and extend of the damage of course. When I have bad days I usually start around mid-day and keep going every hour until either the pain is gone or it is time to drag myself to bed. The worst you can do is o apply heat! A warm (not hot!) bath can help to ease some muscular tension but hot packs or heat lamps will make your pain get worse quickly. Just imagine and inflammation somehwere else, the area is already hot and painful so you really don't want to add more heat, do you? ;) What can be done to keep mobile and improve? As said earlier the key is support for the damaged areas and of course a limitation in movements that put additional stress on the damaged dics - this includes weight, be it from your own body in terms of excess fat or simply be lifting things! You will have times of no pain and where you think you are 20 years younger again but never use that as an excuse to think your discs have improved! Once damaged they stay damaged and everything putting more stress on you dsic(s) will make things worse. A friend of mine loves to play golf - if you have back problems you want to find a different hobby! Coming from three digits I can tell you without being offensive in any way that being fat means having problems that you don't want to add to your list caused by a bad back! So like it or not you really need to loose all the excess you can find wobbling around your body! For me every single kg I lost was a step forward to being more fit and being able to more things for longer before my pain got too much. And no, there is no excuse for keeping those kilos if are able to leave the bed for more than a few hours. Turst me, you will feel better, need far less medication and like yourself much better once the benfits of less weight kick in! Exercise is the key to getting your life back to a more or less normal level! If you are a "first offender" than you have a good chance that a change of habbit and maybe job will make sure it stays a single incident and that you can have a pain free life after the initial recovery! Getting a higher core strenght and overall fitness level helps your body to heal but most importantly gives you the option to gain muscles where needed to support your back. You might think there is nothing you can do if you are in pain and can't really move anyway but if you do then you are wrong. I am not a personal trainer but I found a lot of ways to use my muscles without using my back for it... There is enough info on the web for exercise methods without any training gear and if you think "really hard" you might notice you can use a lot of positions to exercise your arms and legs without stressing you back ;) And even for the back you can do good without damage: If you lay flat on your belly you just slightly lift your arms and legs off the ground - this will need the support of the muscles in lower back! No need to actuall lift anything high, just enough to only slightly bend your back up - you might not even notice any bending at all. What you don't want is exercise like running, jogging or even contact sports, really nothing that might force your back to move more than what is possible without stressing your discs... Better fitness and more strenght means you will get better flexibility and movablity but never let that fool you into thinking the damage is gone! I can not stress enough than even if you don't need medication and feel fine a single wrong move can make all null and void! What are the options if despite loosing weight and excercise my pain is not going away or syptoms get worse? Well, we can ignore it, we can hope it all goes away but the sad reality for most is that sooner or later you reach the point where the damage is too much too handle. The first one to tell you that your lower back is now due for a pit stop is your foot. The pain might be more than what you ever experienced the pins and needles might drive you mad but as long as it just that you are fine, really :( For me it was during some light gradening when I got my "first hit" so to say. I brushed it off thinking I tripped over something that got kicked away while I struggled to keep my balance. A few days later I noticed that I had to put some extra efford to prevent my toes from scraping the floor while walking. It was there when I also realised that most of the feeling on top of my foot was gone. Same story for the outside of my calf by the way... For me, thanks to a non working medical system and no private health cover the story ends here... Since you might have more luck: Modern medicine has gone a long way when it comes to minimal invasive operations and they are the key to performing operations that otherwise would be impossible or require months of recovery. For the "treatment" of damaged discs in the lowest part of the spinal area the old conventional treatment was to fuse the bones together using some steel or titanium rods. To give the patient relief the dmaged disc was more or less mutilated to free the damaged nerve(s). Several weeks of bed rest and great loss in movement was the price to pay for less pain. Today we are much further and can use micro instruments to perform operations deemed impossible only a few years ago. One of the operations with the greatest and fastest recovery rates is actually quite smart if you think about it: A small portion of bone is removed to give more room for the nerve and to aid in the healing - without fusing the bones! The next step is remove the part of the disc that is bulging out - without removing the strong support layers around it, only the mashed up bits are taken away. The patient is literally pain free ( from the back pain) right after the operation. Healing takes about 2-3 weeks but by then even the pain from the cut bones will be gone. Some health insurers see these operations as a means to get a person back to work and into a normal life, so they support it. Others use simple math and decide pain killers are cheaper... In any case you should seek professional advice from your doc and health care provider before it is too late! Diagnosed and operated early can mean you get the option to have an almost normal life again, or at least a few years of being able to enjoy life much more than before the operation. There are of course risks involved and an opration might not be an option for every case but knowing your options and what form of treatment might be available for you can be reall life changing... Ok, but what's the worst that can happen to me if a simple operation is no longer an option? One of the first things you will notice after loosing control and feeling for your foot is a more or less contant need to go the toilet. Despite having an empty bladder or just using the toilet minutes ago you can develop the feeling that you really must go the toilet again. Sadly this is only the beginning... If things get worse you can loose control over your bladder and bowel. Simply put it means you no longer control the muscular tension required to keep you vital openings closed when required. Usually at this point your doctor will recommend to operate one way or the other. For you, if affected, this means you have to decide between the risk of an operation that might only last for a few months or years or wearing adult nappies... If you already had one or more operation or the damage to the disc(s) is too severe it can mean that there is no other option but to fuse the bones into place to prevent further damage and allow for some healing. But trust me, for your doc to even consider an operation you need to loose all the weight you can! What are my limitations after having my back bones fused together? Well, as it reads you will be fused together, meaning you level of movement will be severly limited. It also means you beep all the time at the airport security or when entering a court or other place with metal detectors - but that is the least of the worries I guess... The main problem after such operations is getting back to a life as normal as possible. You get a lot of help in rehab and will learn what you can and can't do, plus of course how to keep you fit despite these limits. Some people cope really good with the new limitations but others struggle a lot. This especially true if before the person was really active and doing a lot in terms of sport and outdoor activities. Learning to adapt to the changes allows you have many more years without too much pain or limitations. Sure, Golf is out of the question, playing soccer or riding a normal bike too but life goes on and being a part of it is always better than just looking at it through your bedroom window ;) In any case giving up should not be an option for you! No matter how bad it looks when the pain is too much, there are always more good days than bad days ahead of you! Go ahead, share your experience with back pain, what you do keep going and handle the pain. Share you information about what treatments helped you the most and share how you recovered to where you are now. Be an inspiration for those facing what we already went through! Real back pain based on nerve damage will only be understood by someone who experienced it - what did you do to make the people around you understand it? Whatever helped you might help someone wha just started to learn how to deal with damaged discs and back pain, so sharing is caring! ;)

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Can someone help me use an exercise bicycle to build a kid-powered fan?

My fourth grade classroom is very hot in June. I would love to teach students how to use an exercise bicycle, their energy, and other needed parts to build a kid-powered fan or air conditioner.  I have an exercise bicycle (basement - gathering dust).  I also have a ready supply of kid-power.  Some of my students have enough energy to ride the bike all day.  My dream situation would be to cool (not just move) the air.  But, if moving air is the best I can do, so be it.  I would like to help those that are able to actually build this - thus we are in need of readable instructions.  I think I would be able to obtain custodial/boy scout leaders to assist.  This might even interest some of the 7th and 8th graders.  Please help us!!

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Add stereo headphone jack to an exercise bike with hardwired on-board stereo speaker pair

I want to add a stereo headphone jack to an exercise bike with a pair of hard-wired on-board stereo speakers. I imagine each speaker has 2 wires going to it. Is this as easy as taking either or both ground wires and the two signal wires and wiring a 3.5 mm TRS jack? How does a connected headphone typically turn off sound in speakers? How do I handle the two ground wired (one going to each speaker).... can I just use either? or if combining grounds, do these need to be electrically "isolated", if so how?Thanks in advance.

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